The Massachusetts Restaurant Association hosts Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala
The Unsung Heroes of the Massachusetts Food Industry Celebrated
Last night on October 29, The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) held their annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala: an evening of food, drink, and entertainment recognizing leaders in the Massachusetts’ Restaurant Industry hosted by celebrated Comedian Tony V.
An annual tradition, this event draws chefs and key industry players for a celebration of top talent in Massachusetts’ hospitality business, who have been nominated and selected throughout the month of August exclusively by MRA members. The top three finalists, all of who have demonstrated a range of exceptional skills and commitment, were selected to attend the 2013 Gala; winners were announced at the event.
The winners for each category are as follows:
• Bartender of the Year: Alycia Morando, Red Lantern (Boston)
• Bus Person of the Year: Norredine Sadi, Wharf Sea Grill at the Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston)
• Cook of the Year: Marlon Mazier, Boston College Dining Services (Chestnut Hill)
• Dishwasher of the Year: Guillermo Londono, Anthem Kitchen & Bar (Boston)
• Host/Cashier of the Year: Julia Shumska, Papagayo South Boston (Boston)
• Prep Person of the Year: Filipe Martins, Burton's Grill (Peabody)
• Parking Valet of the Year: Tony Gesamondo, Mistral (Boston)
• Unsung Hero of the Year: Peter Polselli, Forum (Boston)
• Waitperson of the Year: Penelope Donnelly, Uno's Chicago Grill (Bellingham)
• Exemplary Service Award: Ronnie O'Donnell, Cara Donna Provision Co. (Braintree)
Each winner was awarded $250, a trophy, and a commemorative plaque to hang in his or her restaurant and all runners-up will be awarded $100. “All candidates have shown outstanding dedication and passion for the industry, and this is our way of giving them the recognition they deserve” says MRA President and CEO Bob Luz.
About the Massachusetts Restaurant Association:
Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted not-for-profit trade association committed to the advancement of the food and beverage industry in our state. The MRA helps operators succeed by providing information, education, government advocacy, cost-savings programs, and networking opportunities. Together with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the MRA works to promote current and future industry leaders. For more info, visit www.massrestaurantassoc.org.
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